Sunday, March 2, 2014

St Patty's Day Ideas

Alright, its almost that time of the year, where we celebrate the Irish, luck, green everything, and four leaf clovers. I need some fun ideas for the kids (2 years old and an 8 month old), so the hunting begins. I wanted to find things we could do during the day, and things I could put together with very little money and give to the kids as gifts. Heres my list of ideas:

Rolos are a great idea! They are gold, not a huge amount of chocolate with caramel, and small in size. This idea is brilliant, small cup (painted gold/or wrap some paper around a cup), add tissue paper, a hand full of Rolos and a hand made rainbow!

Next up is gold coins. I usually find these at a party store or even some times at a craft store. You can purchase these cute banners, or just make (use something around the house) to put them in. If I did this, I might grab a mason  jar (which I have tons of) and place some in that. I can make a small sign myself, cut out some construction paper and ta-da, you have a cute gift!

Licorice is another great option. You can purchase these, slide them in a small bag, or jar, or even a clear cup and, oh look, you can add Rolos or even gold coins to top it off! You know, the gold at the end of a rainbow!

This is probably what Ill do for my oldest, for breakfast. I saw you can get these small personalized sized cereals at Target for a buck or two, and of course just make a small sign! Super easy, and super cute!

Unless you want to go all out, and make a cool breakfast. You can always make these:

Just add some food coloring to the batter and you have these magical pancakes!

Sticking with breakfast items, you can also use these great Fruit Loops for a small fun activity and snack:

Great for my 8 month old and using his little hands to practice grabbing!

Or a healthier snack with lots of color can be as simple as a few pieces of fruit.

I like this idea and just doing a few for the older kids!
I always love a great project to do with the kids, and a fun one I know both kids could enjoy is some colored marshmallow fun.

They even glued them down, but just laying them out is fun enough!

If you like to do fun activities with the kids (I love to bake), then heres a few great ideas.

Cookies can be fun to make, these are really well, professionally done, cookies. However, they can always help roll the dough and use the cookie cutters.

The icing is royal icing, just look up an easy recipe online.

See, the kids can always do the gold cookies!
 Or an even simpler idea, take your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and have the kids add green food coloring to the dough!

Ok, so we all know I am a sucker for cupcakes. These cupcakes would be a ton of fun. Make vanilla cake batter, separate it out in to different bowls, have the kids add food coloring to the different batters, and add a small spoon full into each cupcake tin. Once they are done cooling, make some frosting (or buy it), and add some colored sprinkles. You can even make gold icing, green icing, or get gold sprinkles, or green sprinkles. They even have the St Patty's Day cupcake toppers (usually in the holiday section of your store, or the baked goods section) and you can top them with those!

This is the same idea, just individually colored cupcakes!

If you are more the crafty type and like to do a small basket or bucket for the kids; I love the idea of using these candies to add color and excitement! (Skittles or even M n Ms).

Next time you make spaghetti or use a jar, save it and wash it out for a fun gift like this!

Great use of the cake push up pops. You can buy these at any local craft store (Micheals or Joanns).
 Keeping with a colored theme, you can use Nerds, which are my favorite candy!

These are rope nerds. Glued down to a licorice rope, and easy to bend or manipulate for other projects (like a rainbow on a cupcake!)
At the end of the day, a little dessert for dinner might be just the cherry on top! So head out and grab some Rainbow Sherbet and keep your eye out for some gold!

Well, thats all the food fun ideas I could come up with. Thanks to all the blogs, webpages, and other such internet sites that helped me out! Be sure to leave a comment below if you have any other brilliant or fun ideas for this years St Patty's Day!

Happy St Patty's Day Everyone,

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